Real United FC has had a season of ups and downs in the early going. By winning their first match, many of the league’s eyes swung in their direction. The second and third match of the season did not go as well. As clubs get acclimated to the Gulf Coast Premier League style of play, they sometimes find themselves back at the drawing board. And while the results did not go their way in Foley or Pensacola, they looked like they belong. With perhaps the best goalkeeper in the GCPL between the pipes and one of the quickest counterattacks in the Eastern Conference, the Riverhawks will be a challenge for AFC Mobile.
CLUB: Real United FC
NICKNAME: The Riverhawks
Real United FC has been around Gulf Coast soccer for a while. Several current GCPL players and stars have come through their youth ranks. This, however, is the first year they have put together a senior side to compete in the league. Real United won their first ever GCPL game 2-0 against Shreveport United, but have struggled against stronger teams. Real United will come into The Lip hoping to pull out a point or three and regain their footing against the Azaleas.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Lamoy Graham is the real deal. The goalkeeper for Real United has had plenty of experience in the GCPL and beyond. Graham served as the keeper for CD Motagua of New Orleans when they went on their Lamar Hunt US Open Cup run three seasons ago. In his only game in goal for the Riverhawks last week, Graham shot up the saves leader chart in the GCPL. His freakish athleticism and determined leadership is something to keep an eye on. On the other end of the pitch is Denver Bankston, a Spring Hill College alumnus and former USL and NPSL player. Bankston is a great target for Real United who thrive on the counterattack.
The club can be found on Facebook and Twitter at @GoRiverhawks and their website www.unitedriverhawks.com.